Edward Haughey, Baron Ballyedmond

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The Lord Ballyedmond
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Life peer
In office
Personal details
Born Edward Enda Haughey
(1944-01-05)5 January 1944
Kilcurry, County Louth, Ireland
Died 13 March 2014(2014-03-13) (aged 70)
Gillingham, Norfolk, England
Nationality Irish
Occupation Entrepreneur, politician, activist

Edward Enda "Eddie" Haughey,[1] Baron Ballyedmond, OBE, FRCVS,[2] (5 January 1944 – 13 March 2014) was an Irish entrepreneur and politician.

With an estimated personal wealth of €780 million (£650 million/USD$1,078 million),[3] he was the second-richest person in Northern Ireland,[4] ninth-richest in Ireland 250 member list and was joint 132nd-richest person in the United Kingdom.[5]


Edward Haughey[6] was born in Kilcurry, north of Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland in 1944 and educated by the Christian Brothers in Dundalk.[7]

Properties owned by Haughey include Ballyedmond Castle in Rostrevor, Corby Castle in Cumbria, Gillingham Hall, Norfolk, Belgrave Square #9, London (a 6-storey townhouse purchased in 2006 for about £12m, restored during the following three years) and a Georgian house on Dublin's Fitzwilliam Square.[8][9]


He was appointed OBE in 1987, and in 2008 was awarded an honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. On 1 July 2008 Haughey was made an Honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) by the University of Ulster in recognition of his contribution to the development of the international pharmaceutical industry. Tax-deductible donations have been made by Norbrook to the UU.[10]


Haughey was the Mid Ulster Branch patron of the National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association.[11][12]


On 13 March 2014, it was reported that Edward Haughey had been one of four killed in a helicopter crash in Norfolk, England, while travelling in an AgustaWestland AW139 type helicopter.[13][14] Although the cause of the crash had not been determined, witnesses reported fog in the area and confirmed that the crash had occurred very soon after take-off. Colleague/site foreman Declan Small (a native of Mayobridge, County Down), and helicopter pilots Captains Carl Dickerson and Lee Hoyle were also killed.[15]


On 18 June 2004, Haughey was made a life peer as Baron Ballyedmond, of Mourne in the County of Down[16] and sat in the British House of Lords on behalf of the Ulster Unionist Party, before switching to the Conservative Party. He donated £50,000 to the Conservative Party in 2010.[17]

Haughey served as an Honorary Consul to the Republic of Chile.[18][when?]


In 1972, Haughey married Mary Gordon Young, a solicitor, who survives him with their daughter and two sons, Caroline, Edward and James.[19]


  • Ireland, Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958", index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F1HB-3Q3 : accessed 24 March 2014), BIRTHS entry for Edward E Haughey; citing Drogheda, Jan-Mar 1944, vol. 2, p. 241, General Registry, Custom House, Dublin; FHL microfilm 101236.

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  1. ^ "Debretts". Exacteditions.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011.  (login/subscription required)
  2. ^ "Lord Ballyedmond profile at". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Dan Keenan. "NI's richest man Eddie Haughey dies in helicopter crash". The Irish Times. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Irish Left Review: Poverty and Class in Northern Ireland". Webcache.googleusercontent.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Lord Ballyedmond sees fortune grow by £60 million in year". Newsandstar.co.uk. 26 April 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  6. ^ norbrookpricing (31 March 2011). "Lord Ballyedmond, Junior Minister Gerry Kelly, Mr. Thomas Muller, Chilean Ambassador to the UK and Junior Minister Robin Newton". Flickr. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Edward Haughey profile at ZoomInfo (Business People Information)". Zoominfo.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  8. ^ UK peer returned home to earn his fortune, independent.ie; accessed 21 March 2014.
  9. ^ Karen Robinson (14 October 2010). "They’ve really gone to town". Property.timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  10. ^ University of Ulster Honour for Lord Ballyesmond, news.ulster.ac.uk/releases, 1 July 2008; accessed 21 March 2014.
  11. ^ The National Malaya & Borneo Veterans Association (23 October 2010). "Presentation Ceremony at Ballyedmond Castle". Nmbva-ulster.co.uk. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "Ulster Reform Club Lunch". NMBVA-Ulster.co.uk. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Norbrook boss Lord Haughey killed in helicopter crash". Newrytimes.com. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  14. ^ Dan Keenan. "NI's richest man dies in helicopter crash". The Irish Times. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "Norfolk helicopter crash leaves four dead". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  16. ^ The London Gazette: no. 57336. p. 7873. 24 June 2004.
  17. ^ "The biggest Conservative donors from beyond the Square Mile". Thebureauinvestigates.com. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  18. ^ norbrookpricing (31 March 2011). "CA-NI-Group". Flickr. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  19. ^ Obituary, telegraph.co.uk; accessed 24 March 2014.

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